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Luxury Tour

Douro Delights

FROM $9,745

Connect the capitals of Portugal and Spain with a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d’Alva along the historical Douro River.

  • DURATION 14 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY LAND AND RIVER CRUISE JOURNEY
  • OPERATES 24 JUN 2017, MAY - SEP 2018
  • DEPARTS Lisbon

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Lisbon

On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

DAY 2 Lisbon

On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manual I, the monument commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. This evening, get to know your fellow guests during a special Welcome Dinner.(BD)
Stay: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

DAY 3 Lisbon, Sintra

Today’s excursion takes you into the mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a tour of Sintra, the town below. Enjoy lunch at leisure before returning to Lisbon via the coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the many incredible local restaurants.(B)
Stay: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

DAY 4 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship

Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening.(BD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 5 Porto

On a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.(BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 6 Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous wine before dinner.

Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios.(BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 7 Caldas de Aregos, Régua

Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the beautiful gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum. (BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 8 Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After Lamego, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.

Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bôla de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region.(BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 9 Pinhão, Vila Real

Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.(BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 10 Barca d’Alva

Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board.(BLD)
Stay: the MS AmaVida

DAY 11 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.(BLD)
Stay: Madrid, Westin Palace Madrid

DAY 12 Madrid

Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.(BD)
Stay: Madrid, Westin Palace Madrid

DAY 13 Madrid

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively, you may wish to explore Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.

Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in Madrid today.(B)
Stay: Madrid, Westin Palace Madrid

DAY 14 Depart Madrid

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.(B)

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